I’m very excited to announce that my new work for the Elanée Ensemble is now complete! It’s titled Suite Elanee and is dedicated to Jo and Stuart. The work, which is in 4 movements and comes to a duration of 18min, is scheduled for premiere in Hobart (Tasmania) in late 2012 (more details to follow in a subsequent post).
Suite Elanee was commissioned by Jo and Stuart for the ensemble and funded by a grant from Tasmanian Regional Arts.
About the Elanée Ensemble
Stuart Thomson and Jo St.Leon formed the Elanée Ensemble to explore the rich sonorities of the double bass/viola duo. Their inaugural concert opened the Collegiate Chamber Music Series in May 2009.
Repertoire for this unlikely but effective combination of double bass and viola is currently somewhat limited. There is a core of little known repertoire from the early Classical era, and then little original work until relatively recent times, although there is a small body of arranged material. Elanée regards redressing this balance as an important part of their mission.
Find out more about the Elanée Ensemble on their website www.elaneeensemble.com.